“…The story goes that, following the huge success of Superman, DC Comics commissioned Kane to create a new superhero for them.
Kane ran into Finger, who was then struggling to make a living as a writer and artist, at a party, and asked him to help out.
While it’s hard to be completely certain whose idea Batman was to begin with, Nobleman contends that it was Finger who was responsible for nearly every significant detail regarding the character -
- including his costume’s appearance and the names “Bruce Wayne” and “Gotham City.”
It was Finger whose idea it was that Batman have no super powers – and who created the story of his parents’ murder as a reason for an otherwise normal human being to put on a bat suit to fight criminals.
And the collaboration between Kane and Finger didn’t end with Batman’s creation: In fact, Finger would later be responsible for the creation of Robin and at least part of the creation of the Joker – among other iconic characters from the Batman comics.
So, why is it that Finger did all that work, but Kane got and continues to get all the credit?
Because while Finger may have been the more creative of the pair – it was Kane who sold the character to DC and who negotiated the contract -
- and he arranged it so that Finger’s contributions would go uncredited…”
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